Four Parables started off as a composition for solo, unaccompanied trumpet. I later expanded it to six trumpets after talking to Marie Speziale about the difficulty level of the solo work.
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I don’t often recognize any of my compositions as my favorites, but Four Parables definitely fits the bill. It is unique without being odd. It tells a story without being programmatic. Each movement is an abstract reflection of one of Jesus’ parables.
Sometimes music needs to be entertaining. These guys get that part of it right.
Marcus Wyatt is one of the top jazz trumpet players in South Africa. Here he is performing with the University of Cape Town Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. Beautiful writing and playing.
Trumpets of Jubilee is an original trumpet ensemble piece for twelve trumpets.
Trumpets of Jubilee is my most major composition for trumpet ensemble…so far. It features 12 trumpets with plenty of parts to practice!
Blast! is an indoor marching band that does a lot more than just march. It’s a very entertaining group.
Not only do I love recordings of trumpet players performing without accompaniment, as a teacher I also regard them as some of the most important listening we can do. Here we have Mandla Mlangani in an interview and short solo performance.
This week’s Free Friday download is an original brass quintet piece based on a short solo composition by Tchaikovsky.
Here’s a jazzy trumpet ensemble you might enjoy. I wrote The Good Shepherd Shuffle in May of this year and we had a lot of fun making the video. Maybe it’s a bit too silly? Oh well! 🙂